Letter to Harvey Whitlock, 16 November 1835

Kirtland Nov. 16th 1835
I have received  your letter of the 28th Sept. 1835, and  I have read it twice, and it gave me  sensations that are better imagined than  discribed; let it suffice, that I say the  verry flood-gates of my heart were broken  up: I could not refrain from weeping,  I thank God, that it has entered into  your heart, to try to return to the Lord,  and to his people; if it so be, that he will  have mercy upon you.
I have inquired of the Lord concerning  your case, these words came to me
Verily thus saith the Lord unto you;  let him who was my servant Harvey,  return unto me;— and unto the bosom of  my Church, and forsake all the sins  wherewith he has offended against me  and persue from hence forth a virtuous  and upright life, and remain under  the direction of those whom I have app ointed to be pillars, and heads of my  Church, and behold, saith the Lord, your  God; his sins shall be blotted out  from under heaven, and shall be forgotten  from among men, and shall not come  up in mine ears, nor be recorded as <a> me morial against him, but I will lift [p. 42]
JS, letter, Kirtland, OH, to Harvey Whitlock, 16 Nov. 1835; handwriting of Warren Parrish; in JS, Journal, Sept. 1835–Apr. 1836, pp. 42–44; JS Collection, CHL.